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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to Simon Heys of Minimal Folio! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

@mbjones
@nwskipper
@thirteen82
@rcayabyab
@MooseDesign

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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This week we have an awesome competition for you, 5 promo codes for the excellent Minimal Folio are up for grabs!

As the perfect follow up to our review of Minimal Folio last week we can now give you the opportunity to get hold of this simple, yet powerful, presentation app for the iPad. Concisely described by Kevin Whipps as:

A beautifully minimalist portfolio app that provides you with a simple way to display all of your personal work.

While Minimal Folio is a stunning and unbranded way to showcase your creative work, be that photography or design, it is also a brilliant app for the casual user who wants a better way to show off their photo albums!

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Since the beginning of the smartphone era it’s become abundantly clear that people love to game on the move. If snake didn’t make it obvious in ’90s, then Angry Birds has really flung it home.

The more powerful our mobile devices become, the more it seems right that we should delve further into the world of gaming, and move stridently beyond slicing fruit and landing planes. Is there an illustrious future for complex games on our smartphones? Perhaps, although I’m not sure the iPhone can ever truly compete with console gaming; the limitations are too great. What is more pressing a question is how far can gaming on the iPad go?

How well suited is the iPad for more complex and advanced games? Will it (or tablets in general) ever be able to compete with, or replace, consoles?

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  • An exclusive discount on a fantastic application
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The first issue will be going out soon, and we’d hate for you to miss out on everything we have in store. Subscribe now and make sure you’re on the list to receive our first awesome app discount!

Today’s interview is with Cyril Moutran the co-founder of Oecoway, the makers of Friendly for Facebook. We’ll learn a little about the Friendly team and what motivates them, as well as diving into a discussion of the future of Facebook on the iPad.

Look forward to some interesting insights into developing successful iPad apps, along with some discussion of the recent furore over Twitter’s announcement to developers. We love the developers that produce the amazing software we review, and hopefully this will be a great way for you to meet the names and faces behind the apps that you use every day!

I hope you enjoy it!

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It’s fascinating to me the way each person adapts differently to fit the iPad into their life. Before I owned one I thought that it would be a (slightly) frivolous toy, I couldn’t see exactly where it would fit in…

Within weeks, however, it finds its place in your life (and heart?).

If you were looking for my iPad then the two best places to check would be my desk and my living room, it moves almost seamlessly between those two locations. I barely even notice the frequency with which I carry it up and down the stairs!

I rarely remove it from my house, apart from those occasions when I’m going travelling – I couldn’t imagine a better companion! Has the iPad found a specific place in your life? Do you keep it on you at all times?

We’d love to hear where your iPad primarily resides, get involved with the poll and feel free to leave a comment below! Especially if you think I’ve missed a place, and I’m almost sure I have…

Is it an expensive living room accessory, or does it never leave your side?

I’m excited to let you know that the five lucky winners have been chosen! Thanks go to Readdle for giving us the codes for this competition, we will be in touch shortly with the following readers:

Mike
Florian Taltavull
Alvin Leutenegger
Rob Weber
Aprozz

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Following perfectly on from our detailed How-To on Filling in, signing, and annotating PDFs I’m excited to announce that this week we’re giving you the opportunity to get your hands on a promo code for PDF Expert!

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Today I thought I would write a short article about those apps that truly bring the iPad to life for me.

Each of us will have those apps that make a huge difference to the usability and experience of using the iPad. I am in no doubt that we will differ.

That we differ is merely evidence of the vast and ever expanding capabilities of the iPad, as it makes significant inroads into our lives. For some, apps like Mail, Safari, and Calendar will form the basis of the iPad’s functionality. While for others, specific third-party apps are what turn the iPad into something revolutionary.

I’m going to take a brief look at those apps that make the iPad so hard to put down…

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Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at SpiderOak! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:

Bruno Grande
Josh Bartolomucci
Drudoo
Afdzal Aamirus
Chris

Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

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Today we have an awesome competition for you, we’re offering the chance to win one of 5 Premium accounts for the excellent SpiderOak.

SpiderOak is a popular and extensive storage and backup utility that is founded upon secure data encryption, and we can give you the opportunity to win a 1 year, 100GB Premium account (of $100 value)!

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With Facebook now having more than 500 million active users, and around half of them accessing Facebook from mobile devices, it’s not a big stretch of the imagination to think that most people who own an iPad probably have ventured into the world of Facebook.

Whether you’re the kind of person who keeps it small and intimate, with just your close friends and some serious privacy (if that’s possible), or someone who prefers to refer to their friends as fans, you’ll inevitably want to use your new technological marvel to access Facebook.

Facebook themselves have neglected to create a native app, possibly because they’re busy doing other things, or possibly because they believe the web experience is good enough. Not to fear, though, there are a multitude of alternatives.

There is a regular stream of new contenders, one of the latest being Friended. Would you, if the perfect app existed, be willing to pay for a truly intuitive Facebook experience on the iPad?

I, personally, find that using Facebook in Safari works very well for my needs (although I wish Facebook would up the resolution of their web icon), and sometimes I open up Friendly.

What are you looking for in you’re iPad Facebook experience? Do you wish they’d just make an app?

It would be great to hear your thoughts and find out how you use Facebook on the iPad, leave a comment and don’t forget to vote!

The electronic book. Fantasized about for decades by sci-fi authors and readers alike, yet one of the last analog mediums to enter the digital realm. Why is that?

What is it about a book that makes it so difficult to translate the experience into a digital medium?

I think it has to do with the way we define a book, and how broad that definition really is. The problem is that we’re looking for one solution to the digital book problem, one answer that packages our bookshelves into bits and bytes. The ePUB standard has been proposed as that answer. But it isn’t the complete answer, and I’m not sure it ever can be.

The things we today call books have fundamental differences that can’t be reconciled by any one standard that’s currently been proposed. Why is that? What’s missing? And how can we fix it?

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